ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A new power morcellator case was recently filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Denise Whitefield is the plaintiff, and is an example of thousands of women suffering from the health complications caused by power morcellators. Whitefield underwent a hysterectomy and had a fibroid removed in June 2011.
As with many women who have undergone similar procedures, her surgeon used a power morcellator to shred the fibroids and remove it from the body.
In July 2014, she was admitted to the hospital for spine surgery only to find out that she was suffering from Stage 4 breast and bone cancer.
It is alleged in the complaint that the morcellator used during her fibroid removal procedure spread the cancerous cells in her body.
The power morcellator is a popular surgical tool that is used in hysterectomies and myomectomies to remove uterine fibroids. The blades shred the fibrous tissues so that they may be removed via a small incision in the abdomen. The procedure is minimally invasive.
Unfortunately, it has been shown that power morcellators may spread cancer in 1 out of every 350 women who undergo a hysterectomy or myomectomy for the treatment of fibroids. This is because cancer cells – specifically metastatic leiomyosarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer – stay dormant in the body and are impossible to distinguish from the fibroids prior to surgery.
When the morcellator shreds the tissue, it spreads the previously undiagnosed uterine sarcoma beyond the uterus and elsewhere into the body. This allows the very aggressive form of cancer to easily spread.
FDA Warns of Dangers
The FDA issued a warning in late 2014 detailing the risks of these devices: “The FDA is warning against the use of laparoscopic power morcellators in the majority of women undergoing myomectomy or hysterectomy for treatment of fibroids.”
If you or a loved one has had a myomectomy, hysterectomy, or other procedure to remove uterine fibroids, please contact a doctor and an experienced attorney. The surgical tools used during the procedure may have spread previously undiagnosed cancer throughout your body. If that is the case, you should seek treatment immediately and you may be entitled to have your injuries, medical costs, and pain and suffering covered.
Our Lawyers Can Help
Our dangerous device attorneys can help if you or someone you care about was harmed by morcellator surgery.
Lawsuits have been filed against the device maker by both patients and their families seeking compensation for injuries caused by the dangerous device. You may be entitled to a settlement. We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case costs.
If your claim is not successful for any reason, you do not owe us anything. We put it all in writing for you. Our morcellator cancer lawyers will help you file your lawsuit.
Our No-Fee Promise on Morcellator Cases
You can afford to have our great team of lawyers on your side. When you choose us, it literally costs nothing to get started. We promise you in writing:
- No money to get started
- We pay all case costs and expenses
- No legal fees whatsoever unless you receive a settlement
- Phone calls are always free.
Start Your Morcellator Claim
Our morcellator lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:
- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
- Call (866) 280-4722 any time of day to tell us about your case.
We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.
WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing morcellator lawsuit claims.